Tinospora caffra (Miers) Troupin

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Tinospora caffra

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Cleveland Dam

Tinospora caffra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Tinospora caffra

Photo: Bart Wursten
By the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Tinospora caffra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Tinospora caffra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Tinospora caffra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Tinospora caffra

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Desmonema caffrum Miers
Hyalosepalum caffrum (Miers) Troupin
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Strong woody climber. Leaves broadly ovate, cordate at the base and with a distinct drip tip, dark green and hairless, 5-veined from the base. Male inflorescences in false racemes up to 30 cm. Female inflorescences only half that size. Flowers similar in both sexes.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: caffra: of Kaffraria, a historic name for South Africa.
Habitat: In forest and deciduous woodland, often near rocky outcrops.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, CAR, DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Eudocima materna (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Friday 23 March 2012
Literature:

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 88.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 236.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 62.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 79.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 52 - 53. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 86.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 123.

Troupin, G. (1960). Menispermaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Pages 61 - 62. (Includes a picture).

Troupin, G. (1962). Monographie des Menispermaceae africaines Mémoires in-8° Nouvelle série XIII-2 Académie royale des Sciences d'Outre-Mer Pages 58 - 63. (Includes a picture).

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Pages 377 - 378. (Includes a picture).


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Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Tinospora caffra.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123720, retrieved 1 July 2016

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